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Are Apple AirTags waterproof?

If an AirTag gets wet, there's no need to panic.
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November 4, 2022
Apple AirTag with Find My software
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The selling point for AirTags is that you can track possessions wherever they go. That raises an obvious question for some of us, though — can they be exposed to water, intentionally or otherwise?

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AirTags have an IP67 rating against splashing and brief submersion, but they can't last indefinitely or past shallow depths. Rough treatment and more intense water exposure can degrade water resistance over time.


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Are Apple AirTags waterproof?

Apple AirTag in shoulder bag
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

With their battery cover in place, AirTags have an IP67 rating. To translate, that means they can resist most splashing, and be submersed in up to a meter (3.3 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. So if you occasionally take one in the shower, or drop it in the toilet, you’ll probably be fine.

That rating is under lab conditions, however. We’d think twice about swimming with an AirTag, or attaching it to gear that might be carried through river rapids. Someone determined to destroy your AirTag could toss it in a pond and expect it to fall apart, even if it might take more than 30 minutes in practice.

Apple itself cautions that water resistance is not a “permanent condition,” and moreover, that it “might decrease as a result of normal wear.” Entropy is going to take its toll, in other words, and the rougher you treat an AirTag, the faster that resistance is going to disappear. Don’t make showering with an AirTag a regular thing, and don’t let one get beat up in your luggage, hiking pack, or gym bag. Attach it or stash it in a way that will leave it mostly untouched.

How to dry your AirTags

Apple AirTag white side
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

If you get an AirTag wet, all that’s necessary in most cases is drying the outside with a soft cloth. That should keep the liquid from eroding sealing. Whatever you do, don’t use something like a blow dryer, since the heat could harm sealing or circuitry.

If you’re worried that water is already past the sealing:

  • Remove the battery cover by pressing it down, then rotating counterclockwise until it stops.
  • Separate the cover, body, and battery, letting them air-dry for several hours. You might be able to accelerate the process with silica packs, but you probably shouldn’t use rice, since grains (or grain fragments) could get stuck.
  • When you’re done, reassemble the AirTag, making sure you hear a tone when the battery is pressed into its slot. That means the battery is connected, which is a good hint that the AirTag is still working.

To be sure your AirTag is alive, open the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad and select your AirTag from the Items tab. Even if it is working, however, finding liquid in the body means you should avoid any future water exposure.


Read more: How to factory reset your Apple AirTag